INEC: Voters’ Registration to Begin Soon

INEC: voters’ registration to begin soon in preparation for the upcoming presidential election in 2023. Eligible voters will be allowed to register.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it plans to resume the nationwide Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) on the 28th of April, 2021, to enable eligible voters to register, as they prepare for the 2023 poll.

Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, made revealed this during a press conference held on Tuesday, the 20th of April, in Ilorin.

He explained that those who are eligible to register as voters were Nigerians who had reached the age of 18 and had not been registered before.

Attahiru-Madami said others included registered voters who intend to transfer their voting units to other locations, and voters whose Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) were damaged or missing.

He stated that voters who had their names spelled wrongly would be eligible to register and make corrections to that error.

According to the electoral officer“The CVR will be over at the end of the third quarter of 2022.”

The REC also said as a preparation for the 2023 general elections, INEC would carry out fieldwork in the 16 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state to assess the polling units to see if they are up to standard.

The action is focused on expanding polling points to polling units in order to make them easily accessible to the people.

Furthermore, Attahiru-Madami said INEC was determined to address the problem of voters lacking interest by making polling units accessible to voters.

He said that since the 1999 general elections, Nigeria has only recorded about 35 percent of voters’ participation, adding that Ghana recorded more than 55 percent in its last election.

Attahiru-Madami added that Nigeria’s voters’ population has increased from 53 million in 1999 to 85 million in 2019 while the polling units remained at 119, 973 since the year1996.

“Over the years, INEC has faced many difficulties with regard to polling units as a result of growth in population, expansion of towns and villages, demographic shift and growth of new settlements,” he said.

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